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Pictures - Unforgettable moments from papal trip to Egypt

Sunday 30/April/2017 - 09:57 PM
Sada El Balad
About 15،000 Copts gave Pope Francis a rousing welcome when he arrived at Cairo’s Air Defense Stadium to celebrate the only public Mass of his fleeting 27-hour visit to Egypt.

Those who made the effort to attend in the face of significant security risks included not only Catholic Copts but also Coptic Orthodox، Protestants and Muslims.

In his homily، the Pope drew on the message of Easter، stressed the importance of forgiveness، and said it is “true faith” that makes us “more charitable، more merciful، more honest and more humane.”

Pope Francis partook in al-Azhar International Peace Conference، where he delivered a speech. the closing ceremony was organized in his honor.

Pope Francis attended that night a ceremony organized in his honor by the Egyptian Presidency at a Cairo hotel with many senior Egyptian officials attending.

Following the ceremony، the Pope later paid a visit to the St. Mark's Coptic Orthodox Cathedral in Abbassia،where he will meet with Pope Tawadros II of Alexandria and Patriarch of Saint Mark Diocese.

Later on، Pope Francis lead a memorial prayer El Botroseya Church to mourn the victims of the terrorist attack which hit the same church in December، leaving 28 people dead. 

On Saturday، Pope Francis led a jubilant Mass for thousands of Copts، where the smiling pontiff was then greeted by a group of children wearing pharaonic head dresses.

Edited by Ahmed Mohsen

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